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Butternut Pin

1941.146 (RS7866)

Description

Carved butternut brooch with metal pin and hook on reverse. Tag reads (erroneously) that the brooch was carved from a peach stone.

Details

Label
Butternut pins were worn during the Civil War by a faction of Northern Democrats called Copperheads or Butternuts who believed that the federal government did not have the right to stop a state from succeeding from the Union. The butternut was chosen because the color of some Confederate uniforms were dyed a butternut color and as a result Confederate soldiers were called "butternuts." Also, when the butternut was cut in half it showed two joined hearts which could not be separated by law or war.<br/>
Maker
Brown, Morton Winthrop (Maker)
Date
1861-1862
Inscriptions
"Carved from a peach / stone by / Morton W. Brown / 1839-1862" (Ink)
Location of origin
American
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
15/16 in x 15/16 in x 3/16 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1941.146
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Mabel Josselyn
GUSN
102129
Exhibition Notes
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Related Items
Title Silver watch Accession number 1941.143 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Mabel Josselyn:
Title Gold ring Accession number 1941.144
Title Gold ring Accession number 1941.145
Title Brooch Accession number 1941.146
Title Coral bracelet Accession number 1941.185
Title Jet cross Accession number 1941.186
Accession number Carte de Visite of donor as a child by W.R. Hawkes of Boston, MA

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